Heavydrive heavy-duty use in Geneva


Project consultation and successful assembly of XXL panes

Heavydrive was used by an international organisation in Geneva in November 2016. In that project, five panes with a width of 2.2 metres and a height of 13.1 metres, weighing 1.5 tonnes, were replaced.

This was a task for the VSG 3500 K vacuum suction system, attached to the MRK 195 mini crawler crane. The suction system reaches to 12 metres and has a lifting capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes. With the help of the 4-circuit system and battery operation, the experienced Heavydrive device operator was able to steer the system safely to turn the large glass panes vertically and lower them to lie flat at a 90 degree angle. The compact MRK 195 mini crane, which can reach up to 22.7 metres, along with the patented Heavydrive extension arm, made it possible to fit the XXL panes accurately. With this specialised assembly solution, the team had no problem fitting all five panes in two days.

It wasn’t just in transport and assembly that Heavydrive GmbH proved its competence in Switzerland. Even in the planning phase, the experts were there to offer advice and support, as the building originated in 1970 and has been disturbed by earthquake damage. Therefore, before the panes could be replaced, the expert Heavydrive GmbH team supported the specialists in the planning of necessary intensive safety precautions.

Assembly crane MRK 195 + suction system VSG 3500 K
Assembly crane MRK 195 + suction system VSG 3500 K
Image: Heavydrive
VSG 3500 K during setting a pane
VSG 3500 K during setting a pane
Image: Heavydrive

Heavydrive GmbH has specialised as experts in assembly of extremely large and heavy panes, and also offers the optimal solution for difficult construction site conditions. Customers receive a one-stop service, from planning and transportation, including all customs documents and freight documents, to a professional device operator. The versatile devices and suction systems are based in the headquarters in Tapfheim and are available to rent or to purchase.

The challenge:

Replacement of five panes (measuring 2.2 m x 13.1 m and weighing 1.5 tonnes).
The building is at risk of seismic disturbances, so intensive safety precautions were necessary.

The solution:

The VSG 3500 KMH (capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes, a 4-circuit system and battery-powered)
The MRK 195 mini crawler crane with a reach of up to 22.7 m
Patented Heavydrive extension arm

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